November 19, 2019
Coming home on a cold winter’s night after a day at the ski hill or an afternoon at the ice rink to frost covered windows and a fresh dusting of snow on your entryway porch may warm your heart but it certainly won’t warm you up. If only you saw the crackling glow of a […]
October 9, 2018
When Kent Greves’ father, Gary Greves, started Diamond Fireplace & Stone in 1983, the company offered customers a small selection of half a dozen wood burning fireplaces. A lot has changed in 35 years. While the business continues to focus on customer satisfaction and quality products as it did in the beginning, today’s Diamond Fireplace […]
September 29, 2018
Diamond Fireplace is pleased to announce they’ve been featured in this month’s issu of Business in Calgary. Click to read the article.
The ultimate in luxury fireplaces has arrived in Calgary! Introducing Flare Linear Frameless Fireplaces.
September 26, 2018
The ultimate in luxury fireplaces has arrived in Calgary! Introducing Flare Linear Frameless Fireplaces. Flare Linear Frameless Luxury Fireplaces have arrived in Calgary just in time for the snowy weather. Flare has really been shaking up the international gas fireplace market, and for good reason. Their mission is to make the impossible, possible and […]
July 26, 2018
Before You Buy An Electric Fireplace Online – Read This Beginners Guide To Three Popular Options. Electric fireplaces are growing in popularity as an easy and cost reduced alternative to installing wood burning or gas burning fireplaces. Before you buy an electric fireplace online, you’ll want to keep reading. Below you’ll find a handy guide […]
April 30, 2018
7 Reasons To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: While Spring struggles to take hold, there are plenty of chilly days and evenings, where snuggling up to a cozy fireplace in Calgary sounds like a great way to end the day. However the traditional expense, need for renovations and maintenance requirements of a wood burning […]
January 26, 2016
Here is an article by Napoleon to help you with starting a wood fire. If you asked the average person how to start a wood fire in a stove , they would most likely say just throw the logs in with a match, and the deed is done. However, how to properly start a fire […]
November 11, 2015
Here is an article we found in today’s Calgary Herald that we hope you’ll find interesting! Canadians continue to put their lives on the line in the fight for freedom around the world, and Calgarians will have plenty of events to choose from to honour those sacrifices as Remembrance Day approaches. Click here to read […]
November 19, 2019
Coming home on a cold winter’s night after a day at the ski hill or an afternoon at the ice rink to frost covered windows and a fresh dusting of snow on your entryway porch may warm your heart but it certainly won’t warm you up. If only you saw the crackling glow of a fireplace past that frosty glass to welcome you home.
Instead, you open your front door to a room that’s cramped, unorganized and certainly not warm or welcoming.
Don’t pack up and move when your current reality doesn’t match your dream – renovate your home and create your very own cozy sanctuary.
Rekindling Your Love for Your Home
Unless your home was a custom build, it wasn’t made with you in mind. And while you may love your neighbourhood or certain aspects of your home, the whole thing may not be working for you.
Renovating your space to match your lifestyle gives your home the personalization you’ve been wanting. Creating that open-concept living space or adding additional storage to your bedroom are all ways you can customize your home to your needs. In the end, it’s the feeling of your home that matters. Does your home make you relax and unwind? Does it warm you up on a cold night?
Adding or revamping a fireplace can infuse your house with the ambiance it’s been missing! Beyond anchoring the design of the room or heating your home, a fireplace adds feeling. It welcomes you home and invites you to curl up and enjoy the warmth it brings to your space.
Choosing the Right Kind of Flame
In your bedroom, living room, office or basement, your fireplace needs to serve its function, but also fit with the style of your home. Different fuel sources can offer a variety of different ambience and heat options to best suit your decor and lifestyle.
Choosing between a gas, electric and wood will depend on where you put the fireplace and what you’re hoping to achieve.
At the touch of a button, you have a flame. Gas fireplaces are ideal for the convenience of turning a fire on and off without any clean up.
Gas fireplaces provide zone heating; producing heat in the rooms you use the most without needing to heat the entire home like you would with a furnace. They can also be set to run off of a wall or remote thermostat to automatically turn on when the temperature drops below your preferred setting.
These are easiest to install when your home has an existing gas or propane line and can be added just about anywhere.
Most modern gas fireplaces use a Direct-Vented system that keeps the fireplace sealed from the home and takes air from outside to fuel the fire rather than using pre-heated room air. These fireplaces have flexible installation requirements and can be installed by venting through an exterior wall or vertically through a roof.
If there is another storey above your desired location, it’s best to place it near an exterior wall for a simpler, more cost-effective installation.
A classic wood-burning fireplace might bring back memories of everyone snuggled up around the fire on a dark, starry night at your childhood cabin. The smell of freshly cut wood, a light crackle in the background and the ceremony of lighting your own fire are all draws to a wood fireplace.
A wood-burning fireplace can be either an open-faced style that is mainly designed for the aesthetics and ambiance or a sealed-door, high-efficient fireplace that is focused on providing heat.
An open-faced fireplace provides the snap, crackle and pop associated with a wood fire, but without being sealed, it takes air from the room and provides less heat.
A fireplace with a sealed door will dampen the sounds but concentrate the heat and provide a more complete burn of the wood – releasing more heat.
With both styles, the chimney location is an important part of the installation planning since the pipe needs to vent vertically, all the way through to the exterior of the roof.
Unlike gas or electric, owning a wood-burning fireplace requires a little more maintenance in chimney sweeping, access to a wood supply and cleaning the ashes after a burn.
To create a seamless focal point in a room with your TV hung directly above your fireplace, an electric fireplace can be a great option. While some gas fireplaces are designed to mount a TV above them without issue, the low heat output of an electric fireplace can simplify the design.
When your renovation budget is more focused on the functionality of the room than the ambiance and less heat is required in the room, an electric fireplace might be just the right compromise. These ventless fireplaces can be placed anywhere in your home where an electrical outlet is available or could be added during the renovation. They also come in a variety of designs, so finding one that fits your style is easy and comes with little to no maintenance.
Striking Your Perfect Match
The appeal of adding or sprucing up your existing fireplace is obvious, but there are a few other steps to be had before picking your favourite design.
Together with Diamond Fireplace, your renovation contractor will help you pick the best fit and placement of your fireplace based on your home’s current layout, your goals for the renovation and what can practically be installed.
Your contractor will ensure that your renovation follows all of the bylaws required in Calgary and area and flag any additional considerations like how a fireplace may affect your home insurance. They will also help you extend the value of your home by helping you price your renovation and finishes based on your neighbourhood resale brackets.
Find out How to Add a Fireplace to Your Home Renovation
October 9, 2018
When Kent Greves’ father, Gary Greves, started Diamond Fireplace & Stone in 1983, the company offered customers a small selection of half a dozen wood burning fireplaces.
A lot has changed in 35 years.
While the business continues to focus on customer satisfaction and quality products as it did in the beginning, today’s Diamond Fireplace boasts an impressive selection of only the best brands in the industry.
“Diamond has grown with Calgary,” says Kent Greves, vice- president of Diamond Fireplace & Stone. “We want to be the guys who are the best resource for whoever needs a fireplace or stonework.” They are well on their way to achieving that.
Designers, contractors, new home builders and retail customers all know that Diamond has the expertise, experience and product lines that translate into the perfect fireplace or stone finishing for their space.
Over the years, the company has evolved and expanded from wood burning units to include gas and electric fireplaces and accessories, barbeques, HVAC, antique and retro kitchen appliances, and outdoor firepits and stoves. It is also a leading supplier of quality manufactured stone with a wide range of colours and styles for home exteriors, interior accents and fireplace finishings.
“We are the company that introduced Centurion Stone out of Nashville to the Calgary market,” Greves says.
“It started over 25 years ago with us convincing builders to put a bit of stone on the corner of the garage and it has expanded to where you can see lots of homes with full facades of stone.”
Diamond’s professionals both provide and install the stone, and there is sure to be something for every taste and style in the catalog. From castle to fieldstone, stack to ledge stone, rubble to river rock, Centurion Stone can accommodate every design need of Diamond’s customers. Whether clients are redesigning facades or adding rock to a replace feature, Greves is proud to be the one-stop shop.
“Our showroom is pretty unmatched in the city for what we can display in fireplaces and our stone products,” he says.
The 5,000+ square foot showroom is the jewel of the recent move to the 15 Street northeast location. After more than 20 years in the previous storefront, Diamond relocated and has the space and layout to do it’s incredible products justice.
The showroom is a world of possibilities featuring more than 70 working replace displays and extensive stone samples.
Clients can walk through the displays and find a style that fits their tastes, and they are encouraged to return often. Diamond is always renovating the displays to ensure the newest and most popular products are featured in the showroom.
Diamond has the best products from the top manufacturers, many of which are Canadian. With high-end replaces from Town & Country Luxury Fireplaces that offer gorgeous clean designs, the artful and innovative designs of Montigo replaces, the stylish and modern wood burning replaces manufactured by Renaissance Fireplaces, and top-of-the-
line Napoleon barbeques and replaces, Diamond has it all.
“We’ve been able to align ourselves with good companies, and we can see what’s coming down the line and plan for it,” says Richard Fankhanel, president of Diamond Fireplaces & Stone. “We like to stay on top of market trends.”
The latest trends can be seen throughout the showroom, most notably in the lines of linear fireplaces.
These long, rectangular electric replaces are beautiful art pieces as much as they are design elements. Clients can change the colour of the flames flickering in these built-in or wall- mounted pieces with the click of a remote control. While they don’t throw off the heat of a wood or gas replace, the linear designs function more as an art installation that doubles as
a space heater, giving off around 5,000 BTUs. These units are perfect additions to condos or small spaces and continue to be a top seller for Diamond and a growing trend in the market.
Diamond also offers modern wood fireplaces that are more beautiful, efficient, and airtight than those Kent’s father could have ever imagined when he started the company decades ago.
For those preferring convenience over tradition, Diamond also carries gas inserts to convert replaces from wood burning to gas. With the convenience of heat with the flick of a switch, along with the vast selection of beautiful units available, gas fireplaces continue to be very popular with Calgary customers. The modern designs are aesthetic as well as warm, and the fans are quiet, so they can spread heat without interrupting the cozy, comforting atmosphere.
Regardless of the style or fuel source, Diamond ensures its products are safe. Many of the high-end fireplaces the company carries are designed with extra panes of specialty glass or safety screens to give parents and pet owners peace of mind that the fireplace is safe to touch. Diamond Fireplaces & Stone cares about clients and goes above and beyond to get them exactly what they want and need.
“Another niche market that we offer is custom fireplaces. We’ve done custom fireplaces in malls and hotels as well as individual customer designs,” says Fankhanel.
It all comes down to ensuring customers are happy, which means carrying on a relationship once the sale and installation is complete. Diamond services the products it sells; knowledgeable technicians are available to do maintenance and repairs to ensure products are in top shape. Technicians check to make sure the valves, thermocouple, and switches are in peak order and that everything is clean and well-kept, so clients are ready to enjoy their fireplace when the weather turns.
But with Diamond’s products, clients don’t have to wait until winter. There is a unit for every room, even if that room doesn’t have walls. With an impressive selection of gas and propane fire pits and tables, wood stoves and outdoor fireplaces, Diamond helps clients create a fantastic and comfortable outdoor living space.
“We sell a lot of electric radiant heaters to new homes that have an outdoor living area,” says Greves. “People use the fireplace for ambiance and use the heaters to warm their bodies.”
The few Napoleon backyard barbeques and accessories featured in the showroom are a mere sample of what Diamond carries. The company can bring in any Napoleon product, so clients can achieve their perfect backyard paradise.
Diamond has been serving the needs of Calgary clients since 1983 and with the new location and spectacular showroom of products, it is determined to continue that tradition.
While the market has changed in 35 years, Diamond’s dedication to excellence and customer service never will. That’s why, inside and out, Calgary designers, architects, and retail customers know where to find the best fireplaces and manufactured stone products in the city—for its many repeat customers, Diamond Fireplace & Stone is the only place in town.
September 29, 2018
Diamond Fireplace is pleased to announce they’ve been featured in this month’s issu of Business in Calgary.
The ultimate in luxury fireplaces has arrived in Calgary! Introducing Flare Linear Frameless Fireplaces.
September 26, 2018
The ultimate in luxury fireplaces has arrived in Calgary! Introducing Flare Linear Frameless Fireplaces.
Flare Linear Frameless Luxury Fireplaces have arrived in Calgary just in time for the snowy weather. Flare has really been shaking up the international gas fireplace market, and for good reason.
Their mission is to make the impossible, possible and it looks like they’ve managed to redefine Linear Frameless Fireplaces, raising the bar for luxury fireplaces in Calgary.
In addition to an impressive array of features and functions that would impress any engineer, Flare fireplaces possess an undeniable wow factor.
So, what’s so special about the Flare Linear Frameless Luxury Fireplaces Fireplace?
There are five major aspects that make the Flare fireplace a stand out.
The first is Flare Fireplace’s unique heat redirection system.
Until now, fireplace owners needed to be mindful about placing electronics, televisions, art and other objects too close, or above their fireplace due to the heat emanating from the unit.
Previously, luxury gas fireplaces in Calgary had to be placed quite a distance away from say, a flat screen tv.
Precautions with children and pets had to be taken to avoid accidental burns or injuries from touching certain areas of the fireplace either at all, or for prolonged periods.
Flare promises an entirely unwanted heat-free experience which it accomplishes in two ways.
The first is a double glass technology. Two panes of glass separate the fire from touch and the Flare fireplace has built in blowers which actively cool the external pane of glass, making it safe for a brief touch.
These blowers then direct heat elsewhere, where it’s wanted, into the fireplace enclosure, which then vents into the room thru a required air-space or vent. This amazing regulation of heat allows for “Cold Wall” above fireplace, perfect for mounting a TV or art above. This makes the Flare fireplace next level safe for both precious art and electronics as well as children and pets.
The optional dual glass front creates a completely clean and modern look.
This eliminates the need for screens! The second unique, state of the art function is the totally see through frame and screen.
It’s really quite exceptional and has to be seen to appreciate the modern look and feel. It almost appears that the fire is floating on air!
Those that place a premium on the modern, minimalist aesthetic, will find that Flare luxury fireplaces suits even the most discerning tastes in Calgary.
Flare luxury fireplaces Calgary are smart
Whether you want to control your Flare fireplace from your tablet, smart home or sleek wall panel, there’s no doubt about it. Flare fireplaces are smart!
The Myfire© app allows for total control of the Flare powerful fireplace functions that include the new Eco mode, program mode, thermostatic mode (fahrenheit or celsius ) and countdown timer.
And that’s not all...
Flare luxury fireplaces Calgary boast the largest selection of modern direct vent linear fireplaces.
Various widths and heights are available in Single Sided, See-Thru, 3-Sided, and Corner Fireplaces. These various sizes are ready for your project!
Having trouble sourcing an 8 foot long fireplace? No problem, Flare has just the model for you.
Want a never before seen selection of media options, including lighting, fireglass, stones and logs? Done. Flare boats an incredible variety, ensuring your fireplace is tailored to your specific taste. Flare is truly redefining luxury fireplaces for consumers in Calgary and around the world!
Flare’s whole mission is to make the previously impossible, possible.
All this luxury and state of the art technology and design doesn’t come cheap though, manufacturers suggested retail pricing shows that Flare fireplaces average cost is five figures.
But for many, the value is more important than the price. For those who want stunning media options, impressive linear models and cutting edge heat management, Flare Linear Frameless Luxury Fireplaces really do deliver.
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended as an overview of the Flare fireplace options and isn’t shouldn’t be construed as professional advice appropriate for every situation. Do your research and always read the safety precautions and user’s manual prior to purchasing and installing a fireplace to ensure you understand and consent to the requirements and safety precautions required to operate your fireplace.
July 26, 2018
Before You Buy An Electric Fireplace Online – Read This Beginners Guide To Three Popular Options.
Electric fireplaces are growing in popularity as an easy and cost reduced alternative to installing wood burning or gas burning fireplaces. Before you buy an electric fireplace online, you’ll want to keep reading.
Below you’ll find a handy guide of the three most popular types of electric fireplace, their functions, pros and cons, price points and how to plan for installation.
Buy An Electric Fireplace Online: Options Under $1500 and 150 lbs
There are a few different types of electric fireplace, each with different features suitable for different scenarios.
The first is arguably the easiest to buy and install, and many models are available at the lower price points. Indeed, top quality brands are available under $1500 CDN.
The wall hanging electric fireplace can come in various sizes, some no bigger than a wall covering, yet heats up to 400 sq feet with a dazzling array of flame colours and insert options. Think rocks, faux logs, crystal rocks, faux embers and more.
Often placed on a focal wall, in place of a painting or photograph, electric hanging fireplaces have been described as moving art. A long time favourite of interior designers, hanging fireplaces add an element of “wow” to just about any space in a a home or office.
The larger models, up to an incredible 100” long, are often used for bigger homes or commercial spaces, in waiting areas or at reception.
If you’re looking for the a modern aesthetic that provides the ambiance of a fireplace with minimal inconvenience or effort, this may be the best kind of electric fireplace to buy online.
Another pro to this type of electric fireplace is that they don’t usually weigh that much, under 150 lbs even for a 72” length, which means it can be shipped inexpensively and in most cases you won’t need a professional installer.
You’ll still want to follow the installation instructions carefully though; ensuring you are following framing, clearances, and proper electrical requirements. Each model will come with it’s own specifications that we recommend you read prior to purchasing your electric fireplace online.
The last thing you want is to learn on the day your fireplace arrives that your space isn’t suitable for what you had envisioned.
Buy An Electric Fireplace Online: Double Sided
Double sided fireplaces provide two times the coziness and glow of a one sided fireplace.
A double sided electric fireplace is the next step up in investment and logistics, but in our opinion, the end result is well worth it for the additional benefits:
Space & Light:
A two or three sided electric fireplace provides one of the most appealing ways to divide two rooms while maintaining a spacious, airy feel.
Completely open concept spaces can feel unanchored without a focal point. A double sided fireplace can unite living and dining spaces by drawing the eye to the glow of the customizable flames.
A clever way to let in some light and space without compromising privacy, a double sided fireplace is a favorite go between from master bedroom to ensuites to walk in closet.
Logistics of a double sided fireplace:
The two sided fireplace will provide heat for a 400 – 500 square foot space, and like it’s wall hanging cousin doesn’t require gas hookups. The dual or triple sided fireplace is designed to sit flush to the wall, so it will require professional installation in drywall, a stone mock chimney or other surface.
Surprisingly light, many models of dual or triple sided electric fireplace still fit under the 150lb weight we consider relatively easy to deliver and move.
Priced from two to three times the price of the wall hanging electric fireplace, you can still get incredible value from some of the top manufacturers like Napoleon and Amantii.
Buy An Electric Fireplace: An Insert
What is an electric fireplace insert?
Inserts are inserted into an existing wood burning fireplace
An insert mimics the more traditional styling of a hearth than the wall hanging electric fireplaces.
Typically, inserts are more square than the rectangular shape of the linear wall hanging electric fireplaces.
These are a great solution to those who no longer wish to use their wood burning fireplace
They require more logistical installation considerations than the wall hanging fireplaces, but less than the dual sided; they’re a nice in between option.
If you’re converting from a wood-burning fireplace you’ll find an insert considerably warmer, less effort to use and more energy efficient.
Sizes are typically around 33’ to 40’ and they can still weigh below 150lbs.
Buy An Electric Fireplace: Do Your Homework
Whether you choose a wall hanging, multi sided or insert, before you buy an electric fireplace online, confirm the shipping costs and timeline, whether or not you’ll need to pay taxes, what happens should the electric fireplace arrive damaged, what the return and warranty policy is as well the reputation and reviews of the supplier and manufacturer.
You should be able to enjoy your investment for years to come, so as a rule and where possible, opt to spend a little more for a reputable brand.
Diamond Fireplace in Northeast Calgary has been serving Calgary and surrounding area for over 30 years. Their extensive showroom, award winning service and great after sales service has made Diamond Fireplace Calgary’s choice for electric fireplaces.
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended as a summary of electric fireplace options and isn’t shouldn’t be construed as professional advice appropriate for every situation. Do your research and always read the safety precautions and user’s manual prior to purchasing and installing a fireplace to ensure you understand and consent to the requirements and safety precautions required to operate your fireplace. Some electric fireplaces you can buy online will require framing and should have a dedicated line to ensure safety. do your research and ensure the fireplace.
April 30, 2018
7 Reasons To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary:
While Spring struggles to take hold, there are plenty of chilly days and evenings, where snuggling up to a cozy fireplace in Calgary sounds like a great way to end the day.
However the traditional expense, need for renovations and maintenance requirements of a wood burning or gas fireplace have held some Calgary residents back from enjoying the simple comforts of their very own fireplace.
Whether you’re renting your home, or just don’t want to commit to an installation, or simply want a fireplace in your home quickly, electrical fireplaces have become a “have your cake and eat it too” solution for many Calgary families.
Electric fireplaces and the realistic looking “flame” we’re familiar with have been around since 1981.
Here at Diamond Fireplace, we strive to stock Calgary’s best selection of electric, gas and wood burning fireplaces.
What we’re seeing is an increase in the popularity of the electric fireplaces in Calgary, and for good reason.
Here are 7 reasons Calgary families are choosing electrical fireplaces:
#1 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: Easy To Instal
It can be as simple as choosing your fireplace model, bringing it home, hanging it on the wall and plugging it in. No installation, renovation or any other logistical considerations.
It doesn’t get any easier than that!
#2 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: Easy To Maintain & Clean
Did we mention they’re easy?
Not only are electric fireplaces easy to buy and start using right away – they’re also incredibly low maintenance.
You don’t need regular chimney and fireplace cleaning in order to maintain the safety of your electric fireplace in Calgary. The ash, wood and flame free fireplace provides all the benefits of a fireplace, without the traditional maintenance burden.
#3 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: Energy Efficient
An electric fireplace can heat a room much more quickly and efficiently than the gas or wood burning fireplaces.
Think of your electric fireplace as an attractive space heater. Plus, you won’t need to utilize wood or fuel to fan your flames.
#4 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: Healthy Breathing
Electric fireplaces simulate, quite realistically, the look of a wood burning or gas fireplace. But because you’re simply plugging your electrical fireplace into a wall outlet, you’re not creating any actual fire, which means no carbon monoxide in your home.
While the trace amounts of carbon monoxide are small enough to be under the levels that would cause concern, some people with asthma, allergies or other breathing considerations may prefer a fireplace without any fumes.
#5 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: So Many Style Options
Electric fireplaces have come a long way since their invention in 1912.
There are countless style options, one to suit every decor. From logs, to stones inside, to the shape, colour and texture of the frame itself, many electric fireplaces are works of art.
#6 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: They’re Extra Safe
If you still want the look, feel and warmth of a traditional fireplace, but you’re worried about the safety of toddlers or pets, perhaps an electric fireplace is a better option for you.
As mentioned, there are zero carbon monoxide emissions, they aren’t hot to the touch or necessarily require constant supervision to utilize.
Because electronic fireplaces simply simulate fire; you can have the benefits, style and coziness of a traditional fire without worrying about burning embers, plumes of smoke or other dangers associated with gas or wood burning fireplaces.
#7 Reason To Own An Electric Fireplace In Calgary: They’re Available At A Lower Price
When you’re looking to instal a wood burning fireplace, you may have to manage considerations and costs associated with moving walls and installing chimneys.
The costs of renovations like these can be significant, and provide a barrier to some Calgary families. Because electronic fireplaces don’t require any kind of chimney or renovation, the total investment for an electric fireplace can be significantly less.
In summary, for some families in Calgary an electric fireplace is simply a better solution than wood burning or gas fireplaces.
Browse our huge showroom with over 70 working models of fireplace in Calgary’s Northeast,
Diamond Fireplace in Northeast Calgary has been serving Calgary and surrounding area for over 30 years. Their extensive showroom, award winning service and great after sales service has made Diamond Fireplace Calgary’s choice for fireplaces.
January 26, 2016
Here is an article by Napoleon to help you with starting a wood fire.
If you asked the average person how to start a wood fire in a stove , they would most likely say just throw the logs in with a match, and the deed is done. However, how to properly start a fire in a wood burning stove or insert is an exacting science. Great fires start out slow and steady, winning the race and our hearts on chilly evenings, and frosty mornings. In this article we will focus on wood burning stoves and inserts, and the procedure that works best when lighting a roaring fire.
It all starts with a good seasoning
If you’ve read our article on the spectacular science of stacking firewood, then you know that the best type of wood to use in any wood burning fireplace is seasoned dry wood. This is very important, because you want your fire to burn clean, with lots of heat and little smoke. Seasoned wood is commonly used indoors, but some like to use it outdoors for bonfires and regular fire pits. This firewood becomes very light in weight, due to the lack of moisture. This is what you want. A log that is too dense will not light easily, and will cause smoke and an array of scents to disperse through your home.
1. Building blocks
Traditional newspaper is best for kindling, because it is dry, thin, and most importantly flammable. You don’t want to throw magazines or catalogs into a fire because they have thick paper that smokes easily and burns slow, resulting in lots of poisonous fumes. Scrunch the newspaper up and make a layer on the bottom of your stove, before laying the fire. Make sure that you are using split wood when laying a fire, and not round logs. Split wood is easier to light, and it is easier to add round logs after you have a fire going. Round logs are very slow burning, and won’t ignite easily so you want to save those for when you have a steady flame.
2. Stack em high
You want to lay the wood in what I like to call a jenga pattern. Depending on the size, lay the first layer of logs (as many as can fit) vertical, with space in between each log. On the next layer, stack logs horizontally so it looks like this:
A jenga pattern or “log cabin” as some call it is a great approach, because you want lots of exposed area of kindling to ignite when lit. This ensures your fire will rise at a steady pace, and not go up in flames right away like with a teepee style structure. With a log cabin layered fire, it is easier to control how much wood you need to add to your fire gradually, making it last longer and burn brighter.
3. Put the cherry on top
If you have wood chips (not the barbecue kind) or spare wood kindling, sprinkle this on top of your stack of wood, and even around the bottom in order to feed the fire. You can do this step as many times as you feel it is needed throughout using your stove or insert.
Tip: When cutting wood for future “seasoning” store the leftover wood bits and smaller pieces in a dry, warm area to use in the future as kindling.
4. Light ‘er up!
Do a check over to make sure your stove is set to allow the maximum amount of fresh air into the box. Napoleon Wood stoves have a single lever burn control that regulates the air, establishing a clean burn. You want oxygen because flames are attracted to it and will seek it out. Light the newspaper that you crumpled up at the front. Leave the door open for 3 to 5 minutes while everything is settling in. If you close the door too quickly, the fire may be snuffed out. The same goes with a wood burning insert; make sure the flue is left slightly open, allowing the fire to rise. If you have a screen or doors on your insert, leave them open for a little before closing all the way.*
Close the door, and let it go
Once your fire has been burning for a good while, close the door and wait until the fire is really going.
At this time let it get to at least a steady 400°F; this is a good temperature to maintain your fire. Before starting to shut it down, monitor how your fire is burning. It takes a minimum 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the heat, and have your fire die down. Make sure your fire has been established before you start reducing the air, this way no smoke will bellow into the room. Another important factor is to resist keeping a wimpy fire going. You want a strong, hearty fire roaring. If it isn’t cold outside, light your fire before the temperature drops at night, so your home can heat up nicely just in time for cool nighttime. Smoldering fires (when it isn’t strong) are dangerous and pose health hazards to your home, from both creosote and smoke. You also don’t want to waste your firewood.
Ashes need to be cleaned out of your stove or insert before using your fireplace, every time. Wait a full day before sweeping them up; ashes are hot and take a long time to cool off. With extreme caution, a set of gloves and a sweep brush, place the ash in a metal bucket, and put it far away from the fireplace, hardwood flooring, carpet, or walls. This is a safety precaution in case the bucket contains any still hot ashes. You also don’t want a bucket of ash laying around for pets or the kids to get into. Rather than keep it in the house, bring it outside and place in the garden or yard. Or learn how to use ash in your home.
* Never ever leave an open wood stove or insert unattended!! This is a serious hazard and a fire, much like a toddler, must have a close eye kept on it. Kindling can spark, and newspaper can fly, so it’s best not to leave that to chance.
November 11, 2015
Here is an article we found in today’s Calgary Herald that we hope you’ll find interesting!
Canadians continue to put their lives on the line in the fight for freedom around the world, and Calgarians will have plenty of events to choose from to honour those sacrifices as Remembrance Day approaches.